Disagreeing Politely 24 Haziran 2013

One of the hardest things to do in any language, even your own, can be to disagree in such a way that it does not offend the other person.  English unfortunately, doesn’t have the Japanese method where you tip you head to the side and say ‘but’ and everyone understands that there is a disagreement and that a new avenue needs to be explored.  However, in English saying that directly that you do not agree unless you are in a top position of power can be too direct, if not considered rude.  Therefore, disagreeing needs to be done by acknowledging that person’s idea but then changing the conversation to another direction.  Here are some phrases that can be used for disagreeing politely:

1-I agree with you up to a point but......
2-I think that’s an interesting idea but what other possibilities do we have.
3-That is one way to address the problem, however have you thought about....?
4-I think we should explore other options before committing to this idea because...



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